What is Sacred Circle Dance?
Sacred Circle Dance is a contemporary and embodied spiritual practice with ancient roots.
This embodied dance practice was born and incubated in the intentional community of Findhorn in Scotland in the 1970’s and has since spread to countries all over the world. The music and the dances are a mix of traditional and contemporary to help us explore how something ancient like dancing in a circle can have resonance and serve today.
Circle dance is one of the oldest forms of dance on earth. It was danced around fires, in village squares and in sacred sites. People gathered and danced naturally in a circle to celebrate the return of the sun, celebrate the harvest, to grieve and mourn loss and mark and celebrate human rites of passage.
Today, in the hurried and tumultuous times we are living, there can be a longing for spaciousness, alignment, and deep connection. Sacred Circle Dance can give us a taste inner calm, of belonging, and of being part of the great creative forces and the web of existence. In a circle – a form that evokes unity and wholeness – all are equal, all are one.
Sacred Circle Dance is one of the ways I have found to explore my connection (or lack of connection) to my own indigenous roots and ancestry, and I am aware how tricky this is since my ancestors, culture and traditions come from another continent. I took my first step into the world of Sacred Circle Dancing in Ottawa in 2001. Slowly and with encouragement from my teacher, June Watts, and fellow dancers, I developed my own approach and have been facilitating Sacred Circle Dance since 2012 to honour the earth and the changing seasons and to mark and celebrate significant life transitions.
It is my great joy to share this creative and embodied practice to welcome the rhythms, lessons, and gifts of each season, to explore our connection and lack of connection to the land we have the great fortune to live on, to cultivate embodied presence and sense of belonging and together to foster Hope and Love.
“I felt so good during the gathering in Aylmer. The word that came to me, but that I didn’t share at the time, is “coherence”. It is a very good feeling. I want to pursue this path.” Marie-Michèle
“Thank you, Jen for coming and teaching us all a new way of dancing and appreciating ourselves and nature! I had a great time dancing and helping to create the circle of dances!” Kathy
“The dance allows me a way to be with and explore many things I can’t understand or change.” Roblyn
“Thank you for sharing your poem, and for leading the Samhain dance. I am very glad to have happened upon your circle making. There is something deeply nourishing about repeating steps, directions together.” Sylvia
“Your ability to share your heart’s wisdom, life experience, vulnerability, authenticity – in essence your PRESENCE is so very grounding as well as providing a sense of reaching to the stars. ” Catherine
Winter Solstice – “Surrender to the Dark and Birth the Light”
Imbolc – “Ignite our Neart (Heart courage) for change”
Spring Equinox – “Dance into Balance and the Uprising Energies of Spring”
Beltane – “Dance for our Highest Strivings”
Summer Solstice “Feast on Sun and Sea”
Lammas –“Being with What Is”
Fall Equinox – “Sink with the Sun into Fall”
Samhain – “Connecting to the Bones of the Ancestors”